Wednesday, April 08 2009


LAUREL, MD. 04-08-09---Earlier today in the General Assembly in Annapolis, House Bill 1578 was introduced attempting to confiscate Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, the Bowie Training Center and the Preakness® Stakes from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC).

“We share the Governor’s interest in preserving the historic Maryland Jockey Club and the Preakness,” said MJC president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. ”But we question the government’s right to confiscate private property which will only lead to more confusion and litigation while these matters are in bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 process should be allowed to proceed.”

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NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop On New York Investigations of Jeff Mullins and Ernie Paragallo

“Two recent incidents in New York are very troubling to the hundreds of thousands of responsible individuals who derive their livelihood from Thoroughbred breeding and racing and the millions of customers who participate in our game.

“In the case of trainer Jeff Mullins, regardless of how this incident is ultimately adjudicated, there is no excuse for not knowing or abiding by the New York rules of racing.


Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, April 8, 2009


With trainer Darrin Miller up, Silverton Hill LLC’s Cliffy’s Future worked three furlongs in :36.40 and galloped out a half-mile in :49 on Wednesday morning at Keeneland.

“It was a nice work,” Miller said of Cliffy’s Future, who won the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21 in his most recent start. “He felt good. I just wanted to see him stretch out through the lane and that is what he did.”

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Bucephalus seeks a second added-money ‘Achievement’

TORONTO, April 8 - Clarendon Stakes winner Bucephalus returns in Saturday's $150,000 Achievement Stakes at Woodbine.

The son of Cape Canaveral could rocket into the Queen's Plate picture with a victory in the six-furlong event for Ontario-foaled three-year-olds.

The first official prep on the road to the 1 1/4-mile Plate on June 21, the Achievement attracted a field of seven colts and geldings, all of whom will be making their first start of 2009.

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Tuscan Evening seeks her third straight win in the United States in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

The Irish-bred daughter of Oasis Dream trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for owner William de Burgh broke her maiden by five lengths Jan. 22 in her U.S. debut on Santa Anita’s unique downhill course, then came back to win an allowance race on the same course by nearly four lengths on Feb. 28.

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If she kicks off her 2009 campaign the way she finished up 2008, it could be quite a year for Laragh.

The lanky gray daughter of Tapit, who closed out her 2-year-old season with a front-running victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet on December 13, makes her sophomore and main track debut at Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday, heading a field of six in the 60th renewal of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.

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Keeneland Overnight for Saturday, April 11

Stakes Closing April 8

The Appalachian Stakes is a grade III race for 3yo fillies going 1 mile over the turf. The purse is $100,000; the nom fee is $100

The Doubledogdare Stakes is a Grade III for fillies and mares 4yo & up going 1 1/16 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $100,000; nom fee is $100.

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Barn Notes 4-7-2009

Gulfstream Outrider to Accompany Quality Road to Post for Kentucky Derby

When Edward P. Evans’s Florida Derby (G1) hero Quality Road takes to the track for the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs in three weeks it will fulfill a dream for his connections as well as the rider on the pony guiding the 3-year-old beneath the Twin Spires.

Gulfstream Park’s outrider Lisa Wintermote and her 9-year-old Quarter Horse pony Hollywood will have the honor of leading Quality Road to and from the barn that week and will march alongside in the post parade to the strains of “My Old Kentucky Home.”

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Field of 11 for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

Hold Me Back, Undefeated Charitable Man and English Invader Mafaaz Headline Field of 11 for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

Lexington, KY (April 8, 2009) – WinStar Farm LLC’s Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane’s End (G2), Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s undefeated Charitable Man and Hamdan al Maktoum’s Mafaaz (GB), winner of the Kentucky Derby Challenge at Kempton Park in England last month, headline a field of 11 horses entered for Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.

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AQUEDUCT NOTES; Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Quality Road did trainer Jimmy Jerkens a solid Wednesday morning, galloping a mile and three-eighths on the fast training track at Belmont Park and showing no ill-effects of a quarter crack on his right-hind hoof.

Jerkens, whose charge is considered among the top choices for the May 2 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, originally discovered the quarter crack in the winners’ circle following the Elusive Quality colt’s track-record performance in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28, when he covered nine furlongs in 1:47.72 in a 1 ¾-length victory over even-money favorite Dunkirk.

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Phipps: The Jockey Club Will Take Action Against Those Who Mistreat Thoroughbreds

The Jockey Club Board of Stewards held a regularly scheduled meeting today and unanimously endorsed the following statement from Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club. It is being issued in the wake of recent, widespread news reports detailing an animal cruelty situation involving Thoroughbreds.

Phipps said, “The Jockey Club fully supports and assists law enforcement agencies, the courts and racing regulatory authorities in the investigation of matters involving animal cruelty.


Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approves Churchill Requests for Night Racing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 7, 2009) – Churchill Downs has been granted permission by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to conduct three historic sessions of night racing during its April 25-July 5 Spring Meet. The regulatory panel has also granted approval to the track’s request to offer two new wagers during the meet.

The approval for the first night racing sessions in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs was granted by the KHRC during its regular meeting in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday, April 7. The regulatory panel also approved a new 50-cent Pick 4 wager that will be offered at the track each day – including Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Days – along with a new multi-day $1 Pick 3 wager that links three Grade I races conducted on Derby Weekend: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the Kentucky Oaks and the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.

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